Spotlight on cod
Impiana KLCC Hotel’s executive chef Helmut Lamberger has whipped up a delicious Codfish Promotion that runs until Feb 15. Codfish has been a significant signature item on Tonka Bean Café’s menu but the chef has decided to elaborate and explore the creative methods of cooking cod. The two-month long promotion will feature cod fish in many ways with an extended menu from the existing menu. Savour from a list of interesting dishes like Tagliatelle Alio Olio and Codfish Saviche, Codfish and Green Mussels Bouillabaisse and Cantonese Codfish and Crab meat soup. The chef has infused an Asian flavour in his food to add a more familiar taste to the locals. Among the main items that will be served are Oriental Style Seared Cod, Cod in Ginger Shoyu,Steamed Black Cod Loin with Creamy Mustard — Tarragon sauce and Pepper Crusted Steak of Atlantic Black Cod. The codfish promotion starts fromRM34++ per dish and is served from noon to 11pm. For reservations,call 03-2147 1111 ext 3034 or 3035.
Tempting Mango Casis
Here is another splendid creationmade for the month of February atMelting Pot, Concorde Hotel KualaLumpur. For mango lovers, do notmiss the Mango Cassis Temptation.There’s a lot of mango or fondlyknown as ‘superfruit’ in this lovelydesssert. Mangoes contain highprebiotic dietary fibre, vitamin Cand other vitamins and while it isdelicious on its own, it also adds arich flavour to desserts. Thisdeliciously creamy dessert is madeof vanilla sponge, cassis andmango mousse with crunchycroquantine base. It is divided intothree layers with a layer of vanillasponge in between the cassismousse and mango mousse filling.It is topped with a layer of cassismirror and decorated with scoopsof fresh mango and chocolatedécor. Have it anytime, any day, atRM9.50++ per slice, RM80++ perkg. For orders, call 03-2144 2200ext 2337.
Special palate pleasers
In 2012, Grand BlueWave Hotel Shah Alam (GBWHSA) took the initiative toproduce the Stuffed Chicken Roulade and Yogurt Strawberry Fantasy, its twosignature dishes which have been incorporated into the menu at Semarak Cafeand Borak-Borak. The main course of Stuffed Chicken Roulade was created byexecutive chef Azmi who infused the elements of Eastern and Western cuisinein this dish. The Yogurt Strawberry Fantasy dessert was created by pastry chefFirdaus Stenly Abdullah highlighting the use of strawberry, yogurt and biscuitsin making this dessert one-of-a-kind. These two ‘GBWHSA Signature Dish 2012’will be an exclusive trademark of the hotel and is available on the a la cartemenu, as a special set and for take-away. For reservations, call 03-5511 8811.
GAUCHO GRILL, Lot B5, Chulan Square, 92 Jalan Raja Chulan, KL (Tel: 03-2145 4268) Business Hrs: Mon-Sat, lunch (11am-3pm), dinner (6pm-11pm); Sundays, 6pm to 11.30pm. Pork-free. The Ultimate Argentinean Grill Restaurant in the heart of KL city centre, serving tender, succulent cuts of the choicest fresh beef from herds bred by real gauchos. Able accompaniments to the dishes are the range of Argentinean wines.
HYOTAN JAPANESE RESTAURANT, No. 63, Jalan SS15/5A, Subang Jaya, Selangor. (Tel: 03-5636 0326). Business Hrs: Daily, noon to 2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm. Pork free. The restaurant is one of the few in Subang Jaya that can truly claim to provide diners an authentic Japanese experience — it is run by the Watanabe family and family head Shuzo himself leads the kitchen.
NIJI JAPANESE RESTAURANT, Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, 10 Jalan 1/70D, Off Jalan Bukit Kiara, KL. (Tel: 03-2093 9791). Business hours: Daily, noon to 2.30pm and 6pm to 10pm. Food here is cooked up by Japanese chef Yuji Amimoto and diners will definitely enjoy dishes like Nabeyaki Udon, Unagi Kabayaki, Wagyu Steak Teppanyaki and Sukiyaki among its signature dishes.
GRAND IMPERIAL RESTAURANT, Lot T5, 3rd Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, No 285, Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2283 1118 – Bangsar, 03-6201 3777 – Hartamas, 03-8024 8777 – USJ). Business hours: Daily – 11.30am to 5pm (dim sum till 5pm, lunch ends at 2.30pm), 6pm to 10.30pm (dinner). Non-halal. Timeless dishes like Crispy Roasted Pork and Deep Fried Yam Roll are popular here, there’s also a variety of delightful dim sum to savour.
CHINA TREASURES, Sime Darby Convention Centre, 1A Jalan Bukit Kiara 1, KL (Tel: 03-2089 3688/03-2089 3799). Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (11am-2.30pm); dinner (6.30pm-10.30pm). Halal. The outlet has a seating capacity of 106 persons with three private rooms, which can accommodate eight to 12 persons per room.
SHABU ONE STEAMBOAT BUFFET, T18-22, 3rd Floor, Lot 10 Shopping Centre, 50, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2145 9933). Business hours: Daily, 11am to 10.30pm. The steamboat concept at Shabu One is modelled after the original Taiwanese-styled buffet steamboat. Unlike many steamboat restaurants elsewhere which serve items a la carte, customers here are free to have as many helpings as their appetite can take from over 50 dishes at the counter that are replenished from time to time.
CASTELL RESTAURANT AND BAR, 19 Lorong University C, PJ (Tel: 03-7955 0532). Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (noon-2.30pm); dinner (6pm-10pm). Halal. Dine in a cosy medieval-like setting while enjoying a hearty Western meal comprising meat or fish dishes.
RONNIE Q’S PUB AND RESTAURANT, 32 Jalan Telawi Dua, Bangsar Baru, KL (Tel: 03-2282 0722). Business Hrs: Mon-Fri (11am to 3pm, 6pm-11pm); Sat, Sun & Public Hols (6pm-11pm). Non-halal. A popular hangout for expatriates and local pub-goers who are also cricket, football and rugby fans. Has a good selection of British pub specialities.
THE ‘KEG’ BIERHAUS, 15G, Jalan Puteri 2/6, Bandar Puteri, Puchong, Selangor. (Tel 03-8090 0442) Business Hrs : 5pm to 1am. Closed on Sunday. Non-halal. A cozy German restaurant & bar with good ambience that serves authentic pork knuckles, chargrilled pork chop, jaegerschnitzel & widest range of german sausages. Not to miss our savoury bacon bites.
RESTORAN RAVI’S, E-33A-01, Dataran 3 Two, No. 2, Jalan 19/1, PJ. (Tel: 03-7957 1441). Business hours: 7am to 10pm, daily. South Indian restaurant with a difference serving up claypot dishes of fish, chicken, mutton and prawns as well. There are a variety of Indian breads and curries and dishes like Chicken Varuval, Pepper Chicken and Mutton Varuvel.
MOJO @ ASIAN HERITAGE ROW, 42 Jalan Doraisamy, KL (Tel: 03-2697 7999). Business Hrs: Mon-Sun (noon-1am). Pork free. Mojo offers delectable Western and fusion delights hugely popular with regulars and expatriates such as barbeque ribs, Linguini Duck Aglio OIio, Kajang satay, Salted Egg Fried Rice and a wide selection of wine.
THE SPEAKEASY RESTAURANT, 9 Jalan Ampang, KL (Tel: 03-2078 8830). Business Hrs: Mon-Fri (10am-10pm). Pork-free. Order from the a la carte menu or make your own sandwich at the sandwich bar.
PANTAI SEAFOOD RESTAURANT, Lot 13575, Jalan Cempaka PJU 6A, Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara, PJ (Tel: 03-7725 5099 / 03-7725 1099). Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (11.45am–2.30pm); dinner (6pm-11pm). Non-halal. Where diners may savour seafood like geoduck, Japanese snails, Alaskan king crabs, Scotland clams and Boston lobster in a rustic setting.
FITOU BRASSERIE, Lot GF 2, The Waterfront @ Park City, 5, Persiaran Residen, Desa Park City, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-6280 8978). Business Hrs: noon to 1am daily. It is open for breakfast on Sunday at 9am. (Non-halal). Fitou is a small town nestled between France and Spain hence you will find a selection of tapas and even French favourite like Coq Au Vin — French braised chicken cooked with red wine and dauphinoise potatoes, a much-loved traditional French delicacy.
PENANG VILLAGE, G-8-B Ground Floor, Hartamas Shopping Centre, KL (Tel: 03-6201 9816). Business Hrs: Daily, 11am-10pm. The Nyonya flavours here lean toward its Penang heritage. Food is rich with influences of the North with predominantly sour accents to its taste merged with a pleasant blend of sweetness and spice.
D’EMPIRE BRASSERIE, 22, Ground Floor, Solaris Mont Kiara, Jalan Solaris 4, Off Jalan Duta Kiara, KL. (Tel: 03-6203 6887). Business hours: Mon to Fri, 11am to 11pm. Weekends, 11am to midnight. Pork-free. Serving as a precursor to the restaurant’s classy taste are starter dishes of escargots prepared with garlic, unsalted butter and Pinot Noir as well as the by-request-only foie gras. The main course lists dishes like seafood, pasta, risotto and pizza although rib eye cooked medium rare is recommended.
TAKTAZ RESTAURANT, B-G-3, Block B, Persiaran Serdang Perdana, Taman Serdang Perdana, Seri Kembangan, Selangor (Tel: 03-8941 3364). Business Hrs: Daily, noon-midnight. Halal. A casual joint frequented by Iranians and Arabs. Tuck into rich stews like the Ghorme Sabzi Stew or Chicken Kebab, Lamb Koobide Kebab and Barberry Rice loaded with red berries and pistachio strips topped with yellow saffron.
MARCO’S PIZZA, 81-85, Jalan SS25/2, Taman Bukit Emas, PJ (Tel: 03-7803 5000). Business Hrs: Daily (11.30am to 2.30pm; 6pm to 10pm). Pork-free. Bright and cheery outlet offering wholesome meals for the family with delicious pizzas, pastas and gourmet food with a local touch. Has play area and kid’s menu.
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